It’s the Eurovision foundation country that’s trying to turn around its recent run of non-qualification. Now Switzerland‘s Head of Delegation Reto Peritz has revealed that six acts have finally been selected for Die Entscheidungsshow. And a lot of effort has gone into getting just the right combination of singers and songs.
The last time we checked in with Switzerland, we learned that 670 songs had been entered into the revamped national final ESC 2018 – Die Entscheidungsshow. A songwriting camp was also held, where top songwriters gathered to pen potential hits for Switzerland.
Now Swiss Eurovision site douzepoints.ch has spoken to the Swiss HoD Reto Peritz to get the lowdown on the new national final.
He revealed that the selection jury has been hard at work listening to all 670 of the submitted songs. They evaluated the songs in stages, and came up with a short list of six songs.
The next step has been to match the songs with the most suitable singer. The reformulated Swiss national final has moved the emphasis to songs over singers. While songs could be entered with suggested singers attached, the selection panel primarily considered the quality of songs.
Peritz confirmed that many different singers were demoed for each song. But now the six singers have been decided. The final versions of the six songs are being worked on now and will be ready in mid-December.
Details of the selected artists and their songs will be revealed in just over a month’s time — in the second week of January.
Peritz told douzepoints.ch that a lot of debate went into picking the right singer for each song. He said, “For some songs, it was very easy to know which voice suited. For other songs, we had to resort to more tests and try different voices to achieve the desired quality. And of course, we had a lot of discussions on the subject. We are now very happy with the six selected artists and look forward to working together for Entscheidungsshow – ESC 2018.”
Peritz also says that the Swiss delegation is very happy with the jury’s decisions. He says the six selected acts offer different types of performers and music genres.
The six acts will battle it out at the grand final on 4 February. Switzerland’s 2017 act Timebelle will also make an appearance, and Peritz says the show will also pay tribute to “Amar pelos dois”. The national final will also debut an international jury, and will have a dramatic voting reveal to keep viewers guessing until the end.
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